Engineers Can Efficiently Characterize Receivers with PAM-4 Coding and Built-In Error Counters
SANTA ROSA, Calif., July 28, 2015 – Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) today expanded its PAM-4 measurement
solutions with support for PAM-4 data formats and built-in error counters on the
M8000 Series BER test solutions. PAM-4 support
and the ability to integrate a device’s built-in error counter helps R&D and test engineers characterize and
test high-speed digital receivers for the data-center networking, storage and computer industries.
R&D and validation teams characterizing next-generation digital designs face several test challenges. With
data rates continuously increasing, emerging data center standards like OIF CEI and IEEE 802.3 Ethernet are moving
to PAM-4 multilevel signaling formats. In addition, many ASIC designs now use built-in self-test (BIST) capabilities
such as built-in error counters. Engineers can typically access the error-count information only through vendor-specific
interfaces and remote commands.
"The M8000 Series is a highly integrated BER test solution for digital receiver characterization and compliance
testing," said Juergen Beck, general manager and vice president of Keysight's Digital and Photonic Test Division.
"With support for PAM-4 and built-in error counters from a common user interface, we are helping engineers overcome
their test challenges with next-generation high-speed digital designs."
The M8000 Series BER test solution accelerates insight into digital designs with fast and accurate receiver characterization
for single- and multilane devices. It consists of AXIe-based high-performance BERT and arbitrary waveform generator
modules that are controlled from common user interface software. Using the
M8070A system software, rev. 18.104.22.168, for the
M8000 Series, engineers can now:
- Generate PAM-4 patterns up to 32 Gbaud symbol rate (corresponds to a 64 Gbit/s bit rate) and up to 4 channels
with the M8195A arbitrary waveform generator,
and NRZ patterns with the J-BERT M8020A high-performance
BERT from a common user interface
- Accelerate test efficiency by integrating access to built-in error counters and device status registers from
the M8000 user interface via IronPython scripts
For accurate PAM-4 device characterization and simulation, Keysight offers several complementary test instruments
and software solutions. These solutions include the J-BERT M8020A, M8195A arbitrary waveform generator,
N5990A test automation software,
M8062A 32-Gb/s BERT front end,
Infiniium Z-Series oscilloscopes and
86100D Infiniium DCA-X high-bandwidth oscilloscope with
Option 9FP. Also included is the N8827A PAM-4 analysis software for Infiniium real-time oscilloscopes and Advanced
Design System electronic design automation tools.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The M8070A PAM-4 and built-in error counters option for the device-under-test control interface is available
now. A transportable perpetual license is priced at $5,800. Existing M8020A or M8195A customers can upgrade their
instruments to the new capability.
More information about Keysight's M8000 Series BER test solution is available at
www.keysight.com/find/M8000. Images of the solution
are available at www.keysight.com/find/m8000_images.
More information about Keysight's PAM-4 design and test solutions is available at
Keysight's Digital Test Standards Program
Keysight's solutions for digital applications are driven and supported by Keysight experts who are involved in
various international standards committees. Keysight experts are active in the
Joint Electronic Devices Engineering Council (JEDEC),
PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG®),
Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA),
Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO),
USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF),
Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI™) Alliance,
Ethernet standards (IEEE 802.3),
Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) and many others. Keysight is committed to involvement in standards groups
and related workshops, plugfests and seminars to ensure the right test solutions are created to meet customers'
About Keysight Technologies
Keysight Technologies Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) is the world's leading electronic measurement company, transforming today's
measurement experience through innovations in wireless, modular, and software solutions. With its HP and Agilent
legacy, Keysight delivers solutions in wireless communications, aerospace and defense and semiconductor markets
with world-class platforms, software and consistent measurement science. The company's over 9,500 employees serve
customers in more than 100 countries.
What We Do - Corporate
Profile Slides Keysight's singular focus on measurement helps scientists, researchers and engineers address
their toughest challenges with precision and confidence. With the help of our products and services, they are better
able to deliver the breakthroughs that make a measurable difference.
Company History and Timeline
Keysight Technologies' legacy includes the original Hewlett-Packard business founded in 1939 by Bill Hewlett
and Dave Packard, which spun off with Agilent Technologies in 1999. On Sept. 19, 2013, Agilent announced plans to
separate into two publicly traded companies through a tax-free spinoff of its electronic measurement business. The
new company, Keysight Technologies, began trading on the NYSE under the symbol KEYS on November 3,2014.
Posted July 28, 2015